“At Universal Gastroenterology, we aim to provide an empathetic and professional service. The first step is to carefully listen to what the patient has to say and to clarify their concerns. We aim to provide a comprehensive approach to investigation, diagnosis and treatment informed by evidence-based medicine.”
Universal Gastroenterology was founded by
Dr Arun Gupta, a board-credentialled gastroenterologist (gut specialist) who trained in Melbourne, Sydney and the United Kingdom. Dr Gupta has a strong interest in performing high-quality gastroscopy and colonoscopy and diagnosis and management of all aspects of gastroenterology.
On relatively high ground south of the Yarra River, Toorak lies between Williams, Malvern and Glenferrie roads. The well-drained site, with views to Port Phillip Bay and proximity to Central Melbourne, made it a fashionable place to live after the first land sales in the 1840s. The suburb is named after Toorak House, built for Melbourne merchant James Jackson on 108 acres (43 ha) he bought in 1849. After Jackson died at sea in 1850, the house was rented for Sir Charles Hotham, the first governor of Victoria, until Government House was completed, confirming the social status of the area.
During the 1880s land boom, substantial mansions surrounded by spacious gardens were built in Toorak, but the 1890s depression saw some subdivided and the emergence of higher-density building. This process continued throughout the next century. Flats became popular between the wars, and their construction continued in the 1950s and 1960s. However, the area remained both fashionable and expensive. All the major subdivisions in Toorak were laid out with wide streets planted with trees, particularly oaks and oriental planes. The spreading canopies of these mature street trees give the area an aura of gracious calm.
Toorak has a railway station at Heyington and a shopping strip, sometimes called Toorak Village, on Toorak Road (formerly Gardiners Creek Road). There are also several independent schools, including Glamorgan and St Kevin’s College. Others, including Loreto Mandeville Hall and St Catherine’s, occupy buildings that were formerly private mansions. The suburb has the highest percentage in Melbourne of children attending private schools.
Toorak has traditionally been the home of Victoria’s most affluent citizens and from the 1880s was the hub of the kind of activities that were reported in the social pages of the newspapers. Private balls and parties, especially around Melbourne Cup week, were a feature of the social scene until World War II. Before the 1930s depression, many of the female guests would have worn gowns they had bought in Paris earlier in the season. In later years, the trend to smaller houses and flats meant that both private balls and charity functions were less likely to be held in private homes.
Dr Gupta has admitting rights at Cabrini Hospital Malvern, located at 181/183 Wattletree Road, where he also performs endoscopic procedures (gastroscopy and colonoscopy). He consults at the brand new Cabrini Specialist Centre, which is conveniently located just near Camberwell junction at Level 2, 141 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East. Plentiful on-street parking is available. These rooms are only a short drive from Toorak.
We manage all aspects of gastroenterology, hepatology (liver problems) and pancreatico-biliary disease. He has an interest in bowel cancer screening via colonoscopy, and the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease and dyspepsia in particular. Those with a family history of bowel cancer or a past history of colonic polyps are suitable patients. He takes a holistic approach and personalises his recommendations to each patient.
At Universal Gastroenterology, we welcome patients from all areas of Melbourne and country Victoria. Telehealth can be arranged for distance patients. We service areas including (though certainly not limited to) Glen Iris, Malvern East, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert, Burwood, Ashwood, Ashburton, Blackburn, Box Hill, Box Hill South, Mount Waverley, Chadstone, Moorabbin, Brighton, Brighton East, Elsternwick, Caulfield, Glen Huntly, Hughesdale, Murrumbeena, Carnegie, Bentleigh, Bentleigh East and Oakleigh.